The NBHS Guidance Department consists of nine counselors, including a guidance director, a career counselor, and a transitional counselor. The guidance department provides a comprehensive guidance program that involves both an individual and group approach to guidance services. Guidance lessons are taught to students at grade appropriate levels throughout your four years of high school. The counselors have a collection of resources to help students explore post-high school opportunities.
Below are the graduation requirements for the New Britain High School Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022
Credit Requirements (23 total)
4 English credits
1 credit American Literature, 1 credit World Literature and 2 English elective credits
3 Social Studies credits
1 credit in US History, 1 credit in World/International Studies, .5 credit in American Government and .5 credit in Social Studies elective
3 Mathematics credits
1 credit in Algebra 1, 1 credit in Geometry, and 1 credit in Math elective/Algebra 2
3 science credits
1 credit in Physical Science, 1 credit in Life Science and 1 Science elective
10 other credits
1 Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit, 1 Physical Education credit, 0.5 Health credit, 6.5 credits of electives, 1 Capstone Experience credit
Other Graduation Requirements for 2020
I. The Student Success Plan (SSP)
The SSP is an online portfolio of work that students have been working on since their Freshman year. Each year, students are asked to upload work that they have completed in specific domains to their teacher for evaluation. This portfolio is student-centered, meaning that students can work on it on their own and are responsible for its completion upon graduation. Students log in with their district email address and school password. Once they are on the homepage there will be a list of all the claims that they need to complete. Many require an upload of work and reflection which can simply be done by following the directions. Once the work is submitted and evaluated by either their teacher, counselor, or principal (depending on the claim), a lock symbol will appear next to the claim signifying that it is completed. Once all claims show a lock symbol, the SSP is complete.
The Capstone Project is an ongoing project that students have been working on throughout their senior year, both at home and in Advisory. Each project much meet specific guidelines and established deadlines. There are three main components to the Capstone Project: 1.) a written component, 2.) a visual presentation, and 3.) an oral presentation. Upon receiving approval by the Capstone Committee, each students will work throughout the year researching and learning more about his/her topic and producing his/her final project. Capstone presentations will take place in May, 2020. Counselors, advisors, and mentors will provide guidance during this process, but it is very important for parents to monitor the ongoing progress of the Project.
III. Test Completion
Students must take the PSAT or an approved alternate test and must take the State In School SAT. Most students have taken the PSAT and State SAT, but if not, they must speak to their counselor about their options.